Chiefs Busy Signing, Adding Players

There were six new contracts that the Chiefs sent to the league office early Wednesday morning.

They signed two of their four previously unsigned draft choices: 2nd-round pick OL Jeff Allen and 5th-round pick DB DeQuan Menzie. No financials on the four-year deals yet. That leaves 1st-rounder NT Dontari Poe and 3rd-round T Donald Stephenson as the only unsigned members of the 2012 draft class.

Also signed were four new members of the roster, giving the Chiefs 87 out of 90 slots filled at this point. Those new players are:

  • DB Dominique Ellis out of South Carolina State and NC State where he played in 48 games over his college career. The 5-11, 195-pound native of Georgia, He finished with a combined 139 tackles and 10 interceptions.
  • OL Rich Ranglin out of the Arena Football, where he was the league’s offensive lineman of the year in 2011. Ranglin played for three different Arena League teams over three seasons. At 6-3, 315 pounds, he played his college football at Central Connecticut State, the alma mater of GM Scott Pioli.
  • TE Martin Rucker who spent the last four years in the NFL playing for four different teams, after his college career at Missouri. The St. Joseph native was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft when Romeo Crennel was head coach.
  • LB Leon Williams is another former Browns draft choice, also a fourth-round pick but in the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons in Cleveland then the 2010 season with the Dallas Cowboys and was out of the NFL last season. The 6-3, 248-pounder played linebacker at the University of Miami.

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